March 2018

Guest Editors: James Baker, Nicole LeFort, and
Daneen Matheson

As the world faces a growing opioid crisis and as drug-related legislation, particularly with reference to marijuana, continues to change, law enforcement is challenged to handle these complex issues in ways that prevent crime, protect their communities, and preserve public safety while also helping those experiencing substance use disorders.


  • Leading a Community Solution to a Community Problem

    The current opioid epidemic did not start overnight, and the situation has continued to progress significantly over the past two decades. Since the late 1990s, chiefs of police have battled this epide...

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  • Opioid Distribution on the Dark Web

    Since its creation, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE’s) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has had a longstanding commitment to safeguard public safety and protect people from t...

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  • New Challenges and Old Solutions: Combating Drugged Driving

    Driving under the influence of drugs (DUID) is having a serious impact on roadway safety as never before. In the United States, the involvement of drug-impaired drivers in automobile crashes is at an ...

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  • Pre-Arrest Diversion: The Long Overdue Collaboration Between Police and Treatment

    In 1972, a U.S. federal initiative resulting from efforts led by the White House’s Special Action Office for Drug Prevention, the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (predecessor to the Bureau...

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  • Rutland, Vermont, Case Study: Using DMI to Combat Covert Opioid Markets

    According to a recent forecast, as many as 650,000 people in the United States will die from opioid overdoses over the next 10 years. Some 50,000 people died from ...

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  • International Narcotics Control: A Program of Cooperation

    The only viable response to drug abuse problems is now, and always will be, international in scope....

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